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Re: New Script for Ok (Edh coo zoo oc)

From:The Keenans <makeenan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 1:08
JS Bangs wrote:
> > Very interesting. I've never seen a script with such a dependence on > circles, and I find it very interesting. I await to see how it actually > works.
I've been discussing this off-list but I guess if people don't mind....... This is actually a script for a reworked version of Ok. The rework lies outside the family of Ok languages, and actually, using this script for classical ok or any of its daughters would be clunky. The new version has been somewhat relexified. So actually and perversly, there is no con-culture involved with this script. The markings on the inside of the circles are the vowels. The semicircular things are the consonants. Some of the semicircles are closed, giving them a dimpled look. When the circles are dimpled, that means that there is a glide vowel present. When the opening or dimple faces left or, up that means that the vowel is pronounced first. giving a VC for an open circle or a jVC for a dimpled. coversely, when the opening or dimple faces right or, down, it means that the consonant is pronounced first giving a CV for an open or CjV for a dimple. This means that each consonant has four forms: Open on the left/top, dimpled on the left/top, open on the right/botom and, dimpled on the right/bottom. The other markings that you see in the example serve to differentiate the consonants. In the example, each of the circular forms is a word. Each line is a whole sentence. Sentences are written left to right. Sentences are written one underneath another, until you get to the bottom of the page when, sentences are then written on top of each other, kind of like boustrophedon (thanks Tim!) That's how it works. -Duke
> Jesse S. Bangs > > > "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are > perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in > frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." > --G.K. Chesterton